This phone feels thin. Whilst it is quite thin at 6.78mm, it feels even thinner. OPPO have given the R11 a curved body and tapered edge that creates the sensation that you are holding something much thinner than it really is. While it may be an illusion it really does create the feeling of a super thin device which is very nice. The screen is beautifully crisp and the fingerprint sensor in the physical home button unlocks the phone incredibly fast. Honestly, it was super-fast to the point that it seemed almost instant with no delay whatsoever. Compared to the other (more expensive) phones in the house from Samsung and Huawei, it is the clear winner for speedy fingerprint unlocking.
For the Apple fans, this phone would be a great entry point if the move to Android is calling (which it should be if you are more interested in value for money over pricey status symbols). The handset’s appearance is very iphone-esque and the similarities carry over to the Color OS 3.1 as well. The R11 does things differently to nearly every other Android device I’ve used. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the settings shortcuts that have traditionally been a swipe down on most Android devices. You still swipe down for notifications though and it is nice in theory to have these separate. I say, ‘in theory’ because I don’t like swiping up from the bottom of the screen. I found that when scrolling through timelines on Facebook and Twitter for example I would accidentally open the settings shortcuts far more often than I would have liked to. This doesn’t tend to happen when swiping downwards because your thumb doesn’t easily reach the top of the screen to activate the settings shortcut window. It is, after all, the little things that can drive us crazy.
OPPO is touting this phone as a photographer’s choice. They’ve put significant effort into both the front and rear-facing cameras and the technology that powers them. If you love snapping photos or making short videos you will want to seriously consider this phone as an option. The R11 is OPPO’s first Dual 20MP Camera model (Front: 20MP, Rear: 16MP + 20MP).
Powered by the Snapdragon 660 mobile platform, OPPO collaborated with Qualcomm to support the customized 14-bit premium Spectra 160 ISP (Image Signal Processing) technology with the HVX (Hexagon, Vector, Extensions) graphic data processing technologies, allowing the R11 to achieve advanced capabilities in photo clarity and producing brilliant natural portrait photos with deep Bokeh effects. Just as the slogan for R11 goes, Dual 20MP Cameras, Beauty Made Clearer. There are a whole lot of options to play with so even the most tech-savvy photographers will find things to stay engaged with while mortals such as myself can still get great results without needing a degree in applied mathematics.
All those acronyms add up to a great experience taking pictures and you will find yourself snapping selfies like a mad person.
4GB RAM + 64GB ROM plus Micro SD support and VOOC flash charging
What I always look for though is battery life. This is the bane of all phone manufacturers. How do we make a device that is slim and light that contains enough battery to power a bright screen all day every day? Sadly, the answer is something I don’t have, although I am a firm supporter of slightly thicker phones that contain bigger longer lasting batteries. OPPO have looked at this and decided to go straight down the middle. They have made a phone that has enough battery life to last all day for most users and they’ve included their VOOC Flash Charging that allows you to charge the phone super-fast if you need a top up. Much like a race car driver swinging into the pits for a splash and dash to ensure enough fuel to make it to the chequered flag a 5-minute charge will give enough power to talk on the phone for a full 2 hours. Being able to get a good amount of battery charge from a few minutes before heading out the door is a game changer. This also works with the included charger, unlike many other brands that say they support fast charging then make you shell out for a second charger that will do it. While I’m talking included items OPPO always includes a clear phone case with their phones, so you don’t have to worry about those scratches and scrapes that are sure to happen on day 1 of owning your new phone. It’s the little things that make a big difference.
After a couple of weeks as my daily driver, the R11 has not faltered. It has calmly dealt with everything I have asked of it and not caused any undue stress or confusion. While OPPO is still fairly new in New Zealand they have a massive presence overseas and should be more seriously considered here as a first choice when looking for better bang for your buck. The old belief that things made in China are somehow inferior in quality no longer holds water and is a misconception that we kiwis need to move on from.
The OPPO R11 is a lovely phone. It’s not quite as high spec’d as your flagship devices from the top manufacturers out there but it will still do all the things you need a smartphone to do without breaking the bank and it will do them well.
Weight 150g (with BATT)
Color Gold and Black
Operating System Color OS 3.1, Android 7.1
Processor Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)
RAM 4 GB
Storage 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
Battery 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
Charger VOOC Flash Charge mini
Type AMOLED (PPI 401)
Resolution FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
Colors 16 million colors
Rear Camera 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)
Front Camera 20M (f/2.0)
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor